Meetings & Events

Entrepreneurship SIG

March 10, 2023

Share and discuss best-practices within the innovation and industry space with other entrepreneurial members. Engage with your peers in the SIG subgroup in the EndoForum online community in DocMatter.  

View the Entrepreneurship SIG leadership roster.


Entrepreneurship SIG Past Events

Webinar: Friday, May 12, 2023

  • Learn potential paths from an initial idea to the creation of a venture backed start-up through the Veralox Therapeutics origin story.
  • Navigate the development of a capable team fit for running a new venture. 
  • Identify the components of a successful funding pitch.


Jeffrey W. Strovel, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Veralox Therapeutics 

David J. Maloney, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Veralox Therapeutics 


Raghu Mirmira, PhD, MD
Professor of Medicine 
University of Chicago, Department of Medicine 

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My Entrepreneurial Journey: A Conversation with Richard DiMarchi

Join the Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group (SIG) for a discussion on the path to successful entrepreneurship. Richard DiMarchi, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Gill Chair of Biomolecular Sciences, Indiana University, and former Group Vice President of Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk talks about his experiences as an entrepreneur that ultimately led to his induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Hear firsthand about the unique and yet overlapping research activities observed across the development value chain that typically progresses from academic laboratories to transitional biotechnology start-ups to development-focused international pharmaceutical companies. 
Through this session, attendees will:

  • Gain insight on what distinguishes successful science in academics, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies;
  • Learn tips on launching and transitioning successful startup business; and
  • Listen to Dr. DiMarchi’s experience partnering drug candidates with pharmaceutical companies and how to best approach that process.

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Introduction to SBIR/STTR Grants Webinar was held Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

The Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group hosted a webinar introducing attendees to SBIR/STTR Grants. The event provided tips on creating a more effective grant application.

Meytal Waiss-Rosh, MSc, MBA
Business Director, FreeMind Consultants 

Jim Zanghi, PhD
CEO and Founder, Elixera 

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Pitching Your Idea Effectively

Entrepreneurship SIG held an October 26, 2021 webinar on how to pitch your entrepreneurial idea most effectively. 


  • Christopher Adams, MD, Professor of Medicine and Research Chair, Mayo Clinic, President, Emmyon, Inc.
  • David Katz, PhD, Founder and CSO, Sparrow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demystify making a research-based pitch
  • Illustrate examples of effective research-based pitches
  • Provide practical advice for your research-based pitch

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My Entrepreneurial Journey: A Conversation With Dr. Daniel Drucker

Speaker: Daniel Drucker, MD, Mt Sinai Hospital

Moderator: Scott Struthers, PhD, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Inc. 


Networking Event - Alternative Funding Strategies for Endocrine Entrepreneurs Networking Event at ENDO 2021 

Date: March 22, 2021
Speaker: Scott Struthers, PhD

Join the Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group for an opportunity to learn more about business funding strategies from an established entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Scott Struthers. Funding sources highlighted will include venture capital, angel financing, SBIR grants, and private foundations. Attendees will learn the importance of alternative funding strategies, how they work, and how to get started pursuing them. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Struthers.



Advanced Grant Writing webinar, on November 14, 2022, provided attendees with insight on how to improve grant applications and increase the likelihood of securing funding. 

Stephen Betz, PhD
Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Crinetics Pharmaceuticals

Angie Pollard, PhD
Grant Writer
Eva Garland Consulting, LLC

James Zanghi
Founder and CEO
Elixera, Inc.

Learning Objectives

  • Bring your grant applications to the next level by learning how successful entrepreneurs secure funding for their business.
  • Learn the dos and don’ts of business grant submission.
  • Discover how a grant writer can improve your application.

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